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Prince & Me, The
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by Matt Mulcahey

"Watch only if you have breasts. No, floppy man boobs do not count."
2 stars

I never understood the romantic comedy logic in which a woman becomes enraged after learning the man of her dreams has been hiding a secret (for instance the fact he’s the Prince of Denmark) to ensure he's loved for who he really is. If I were dating a beautiful, seemingly perfect woman who told me she had been concealing the fact she’s also a filthy rich heiress, I’d be pretty stoked.

I certainly wouldn't give it all up to go save starving third world children like Julia Stiles opts to do in The Prince & Me. I think Clive Owen and Angelina Jolie are alread on top of that, anyway.

If The Prince & Me’s title isn’t enough of a hint you’ve stumbled into estrogen purgatory, that fact will become readily apparent early on in this girly romantic fairytale.

The whole affair is about as believable as Stiles, she of the 46 teen Shakespeare adaptations, playing a character struggling through Intro to the Bard.

But that’s how Stiles, a driven pre-med student working her way toward John’s Hopkins, ends up falling for the crown prince of Denmark (newcomer Luke Mably).

His Highness is in the States to sew his royal oats away from the constant glare of the paparazzi.

Why Wisconsin you ask? Because even though he’s had a series of flings with beautiful European hotties, Mably is entranced by a television commercial for Wisconsin Girls Gone Wild. So basically the Prince comes to America because he believes drunken Wisconsin girls will show him their “Danish Pastries” if he feeds them enough alcohol.

As chick movie luck would have it, Mably is paired in organic chemistry class with Stiles and also becomes her co-worker at the local college hangout (you almost expect the guy from The Peach Pit to pop up the setting is so generic). Stiles helps Mably cope with the rigors of paying his won bills and in exchange his Highness waxes poetic about the Bard.

Faster than you can say Son in Law, Mably is spending Thanksgiving on the Wisconsin farm of Stiles’ family and participating in all manner of fish-out-of-water schtick. You know, cow milking, competitive tractor racing, the usual.

Which is the point at which The Prince & Me veers into chick flick hell. While in the States, this is a tolerable romantic comedy that builds up a modicum of chemistry between the two leads.

But the moment Stiles travels to Denmark (after a brief period of “I can’t believe you lied to me” indignation), The Prince & Me falls apart faster than a J. Lo marriage.

As if Stiles’ eventual return to her own dreams wasn't predictable enough, director Martha Coolidge (apparently Gary Marshall was booked) tosses in some oh so subtle symbolism such as a butterfly trapped in a glass cage.

It’s hard to believe Coolidge would stoop to forcing this sugar-coated nonsense down our throats. There are so few women directors working within the confines of the studio system, you’d think the filmmaker behind Valley Girl and Real Genius could come up with something a little more subversive.

I’m not asking for a conclusion featuring a giant foil ball of popcorn and space lasers, but how about something less generic than …“And they lived happily ever after.”

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User Comments

1/15/09 Anonymous. all romantic comedies are predictable. :X 3 stars
10/28/07 mb Predictable stupid movie. 1 stars
8/13/07 Annonomiss I liked this traditional rom-com. Chemistry there btwn Stiles & Prince. Pleased my soul. 4 stars
6/15/06 Michele average romance 3 stars
5/26/06 Sheena Never trust a movie with a grammer mistake in the title. Slow overused story line. 2 stars
5/02/06 Anthony Feor The Prince and me-are leaving the theatre 1 stars
3/22/06 Annie G I secretly love corny romance films, but this one was painful to watch. 2 stars
6/30/05 KR Did anybody notice that the prince of Denmark has an ENGLISH accent? Crap. 1 stars
2/27/05 Nilda C. M. I enjoyed the apparent Chemistry between Ms. Stiles & Mr. Mably! 4 stars
2/20/05 Jeff Anderson Not good at all & predictable IN THE EXTREME! The gifted Stiles deserves SO MUCH BETTER!!!! 1 stars
10/05/04 Chris A fun edition to the female genre. It did everything right except the ending. 4 stars
8/26/04 tatum Okay fluff, should have stuck with original ending 4 stars
8/10/04 Ashley johnson AWESOME MOVIE 5 stars
8/07/04 Jenni The movie was worth a look but Luke Mably was probably the best thing in it :) 4 stars
7/14/04 natasha cabot this movie was a total disaster it was so so so so crap and i fell asleep half way through 1 stars
7/12/04 anna totally awsome but the website sucked it didnt say when the movie was coming out! 5 stars
6/02/04 Iris Dementia Praecox Good except when Julia Stiles is playing that "shrewish" persona that some bafflingly like. 4 stars
6/01/04 Stephanie Throckmorton Beneath all the cliches, there's a right nice story here. 4 stars
5/06/04 katrina i reli reli lyk dis movie! 5 stars
4/27/04 Isabell I think every girl in the city watched the movie!!! 5 stars
4/18/04 molly its entertaining and funny 4 stars
4/12/04 Rachel it was an awesome movie, i am obsessed, it was so cute, def. a chick flick though 5 stars
4/12/04 Chris I thought it was cute but should not have been rated PG. I like the formula and the movie. 4 stars
4/04/04 Brittany Christian I thought it was a cute love story, but the ending was most disappointing 4 stars
4/04/04 Michelle excellent movie! must watch julia stiles is hilarious and the prince .. is like SOOOO HOT!! 5 stars
4/04/04 dawn juliastiles sucked but the movie still rocked!they should have gotten another actress! 5 stars
4/03/04 Nicole Really looked forward to this movie, but turns out it was very predictable and boring. 2 stars
4/03/04 Rhi Some parts the actors were crappy, but the overrall feeling of romance was intense 4 stars
4/03/04 Kerry I thought the movie was great. I disagree with the comments that the characters were fake. 5 stars
3/27/04 jt pretty crappy 2 stars
3/27/04 Beth 4 words: temporary suspension of disbelief 2 stars
3/27/04 Ray Well, it could be worst 3 stars
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  02-Apr-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 10-Aug-2004



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